@AU_WBasketball Opens Week-Long Road Swing at Denver

Kaitlyn Lewis vs. Tulsa (11/9/18)

Game 3  ·  American (2-0, 0-0 PL) at Denver (2-1, 0-0 Summit)
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018  ·  3 p.m. ET  ·  Denver, Colo. (Magness Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 1-0

Game Notes:  American  |  Denver

WASHINGTON – The American University women's basketball team (2-0) will make one pit stop on the way to the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu later this week as the Eagles visit Denver (2-1) for a Monday matinee.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Eagles' home win streak, already one of the top in NCAA Division I, extended to 22-0 on Wednesday after AU topped George Mason, 86-71.
  • For the first time since 2017, all five AU starters landed in double-figures, including four with over 15 points each.
  • Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi led the way with a career-high 24 points, shooting an impressive 4-for-5 from three-point range, 7-for-9 from the field, and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
  • Sophomore Indeya Sanders also walked away with a new career-high in only her second start as an Eagle, hitting 16 points in 33 minutes without a single turnover.
  • Seniors Cecily Carl and Kaitlyn Lewis both notched 15 points each followed by classmate Elina Koskimies with 13 points.
  • Lewis and Marenyi also led the team on the boards with six rebounds each, followed by five from freshman Emily Fisher.
  • Fisher was the only scorer for the Eagles off the bench, hitting all three of her points from the free throw line while also pitching in a team-high three assists alongside Marenyi.
  • The Eagles capitalized well off the free throw line as four players shot perfect games with Marenyi (6-6), Koskimies (4-4), Carl (4-4) and Lewis (3-3). As a team, AU only missed two of their 26 attempts at the charity stripe to close the game with an impressive 92.3 percent performance.
  • American shot 43.3 percent from the field (26-60) and 34.5 percent from three-point range (10-29).
  • AU held Mason to only 41.1 percent shooting from the field and 25.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Patriots entered the game with a .505 field goal percentage and .367 three-point percentage after their first two games of the season.

THE SERIES

  • This will be only the second meeting between the Pioneers and Eagles.
  • The two teams opened the series last season with an American win at home on Dec. 9, 66-53.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi stepped up in a big way to lead AU over George Mason, 86-71.
  • The Eagles are now 2-0 on the season and stretch their win streak at Bender Arena to 22-0 for one of the longest undefeated runs at home in the NCAA.
  • Marenyi led the team across the board with a career-high 24 points, 6 rebounds, and three assists.
  • Sophomore Indeya Sanders also earned a new career-high on the day, tabbing 16 points in only her second career start.
  • By the end of the game, all five starters had crossed into double-figures for points with Marenyi, Sanders, and seniors Cecily Carl (15), Kaitlyn Lewis (15) and Elina Koskimies (13).
  • Freshman Emily Fisher also played some key minutes and helped lead the team with three assists alongside Marenyi.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS

  • Denver suffered its first loss of the season on Friday, falling to Northern Colorado, 74-66.
  • Claire Gritt led the Pioneers with 20 points alongside five rebounds and three steals.
  • Sydney Mech and Courtney Smith joined her in double-figures with 16 points and 10 points, respectively.
  • Lauren Loven, who entered the game averaging over 20 points in the first two contests of the season, was held to only nine points.
  • The Pioneers shot only 36.9 percent from the field after averaging 48.8 percent through the first two games against UMKC and Air Force.
  • Denver opened its season with a 92-75 win over UMKC followed by a 92-66 victory over Air Force.
  • Claire Gritt, Sydney Mech and Madison Nelson have led the team on the boards so far this season while Samantha Romanowski has been the leading distributor.

BACK IN THE RANKINGS

  • American bumped up to No. 19 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 after opening the season at No. 24 in the preseason poll.
  • The Eagles made an 11-week run in the weekly rankings last year, topping off at No. 11 in mid-February.
  • Bucknell is the only other Patriot League school featured in the top-25. The Bison rose to No. 8 after upsetting Quinnipiac, 75-58. 

I WOULD FLY 5,000 MILES

  • AU's nonconference schedule is highlighted by an eight-day road trip over Thanksgiving break.
  • The Eagles will start with a stop at Denver on Nov. 19 before continuing on to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown from Nov. 23-25.
  • The tournament features an impressive lineup with host Hawaii and 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Stanford and Florida Gulf Coast.

NEXT UP
The Eagles will continue their longest road trip of the season as they travel down to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. AU will open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, against Hawaii followed by games against Stanford (Nov. 24) and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 25).

American's next home game will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, against UMBC.

TICKET INFORMATION

  • General admission to all AU women's basketball home games at Bender Arena are available throughout the season on AUEagles.com/Tickets.
  • Bring a group and save over 40% off end zone reserved seating
    • 10+ Group Rate: $3 per person
    • 40+ Group Rate: $2 per person
  • Individual game tickets are available for $8 for adults and $5 for youth (17 and below) and seniors (over 65). Military members, veterans, and AU students are invited to join the Eagles for free admission with a valid ID.
  • CLICK HERE to purchase mini-plans and tickets!
  • For inquiries, email clawed@american.edu or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499).

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